First, huge props to both the devs and the content creators out there who have already put forward an astonishing array of builds and guides. I’ve tried many (too many) and I love the complexity and variety available in the game.
But sometimes… sometimes I just want to hit things very hard with a big, dumb sword. There doesn’t seem to be many (any) guides for that play style and I cannot seem to find a viable way of doing that myself.
The best options I can see as a start point are Erasing Strike, or possibly Forge Strike, but they both suffer from being inefficient from a few aspects:
- Secondary effects which don’t scale with melee damage (Erasing Strike requires spell damage, Forge Strike requires minion damage)
- High mana cost, meaning you need to have a second zero-cost ability on your bar, which I end up using 90% of the time, due to…
- Relatively low damage-per-mana (zero cost abilities have higher tooltip DPS than an ability which costs >70 mana!)
- Big, slow hits seem to suffer more from Monolith affixes (dodge chance, glancing blow chance)
Add to that lower defenses, due to lack of a shield, and lower damage, due to lack of dual-wield, and I just can’t put together a build that can mitigate all the problems I’m facing.
I’d love any guidance the community can offer!